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VELES

Slavic Underworld God

Also known as VOLOS, VOLUS, WELES

God of Cattle and God of the Underworld

Now there’s a strange combination. He started his career as a mix-and-match Warrior and Shepherd God. Did he fight sheep? Lead lambs to the slaughter? No, he protected flocks — and was liable to get quite assertive about it.

As time went on, people began to depict him with the horns of a ram or bull. This seemed to sum up his demeanor quite nicely. Meanwhile, it seems his down-to-earth nature had made him the ideal candidate for Underworld Management.

Now this is the purest speculation, but we wonder if he shared the same fate as PAN when Christianity came along. You can just imagine the missionaries thinking: "hmm... horns... associating with animals... lots of fighting... the Underworld... It’s SATAN trying to disguise himself as a shepherd again."

VELES FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : VELES
Location : Czech Republic, Poland and Russia
Gender : Male
Type : deity
In charge of : the Underworld
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : VOLOS, VOLUS, WELES
Popularity index : 7440

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Article last updated on 15 January 2014 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

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